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Mose Allison

p, voc, *1927 US, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi
Singer / Musician / Songwriter of Jazz
A.k.a. Mose John Allison, Jr. "Old Grand Happy"

Mose Allison (born November 11, 1927, Tippo, Mississippi, USA - died November 15, 2016, Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA) was an American jazz blues pianist and singer. He was born outside Tippo, Mississippi on his grandfather's farm, which was known as The Island "because Tippo Bayou encircles it." He took piano lessons from age five, picked cotton, played piano in grammar school and trumpet in high school, and wrote his first song at age thirteen. He went to college at the University of Mississippi for a while, then enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years. Shortly after mustering out, he enrolled at Louisiana State University, from which he was graduated in 1952 with a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy. In 1956 he moved to New York City and launched his jazz career performing with artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Phil Woods. His debut album, "Back Country Suite", was issued on the Prestige label in 1957. He formed his own trio in 1958. It was not until 1963 that his record label allowed him to release an album entirely of vocals. Entitled "Mose Allison Sings", it was a collection of songs that paid tribute to artists of the Mojo Triangle: Sonny Boy Williamson (2) ("Eyesight to the Blind"), Jimmy Rogers ("That's All Right") and Willie Dixon ("The Seventh Son"). However, it was an original composition in the album that brought him the most attention – "Parchman Farm". For more than two decades, "Parchman Farm" was his most requested song. He dropped it from his playlist in the 1980's because some critics felt it was politically incorrect. Allison explained to Nine-O-One Network Magazine: "I don't do the cotton sack songs much anymore. You go to the Mississippi Delta and there are no cotton sacks. It's all machines and chemicals." Prestige Records tried to market Allison as a pop star, but Columbia and later Atlantic tried to market him as a blues artist. Because he sang blues, Jet magazine thought that he was black and wanted to interview him. Allison was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Allison's March 2010 album, "The Way of the World", "marked his return to the recording studio after a 12-year absence." In 2012, Allison was honored with a blues marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in his hometown of Tippo. On January 14, 2013, Allison was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts at a ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York. The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the nation's highest honor in jazz. Allison wrote some 150 songs. His own performances have been described as "delivered in a casual conversational way with a melodic southern accented tone that has a pitch and range ideally suited to his idiosyncratic phrasing, laconic approach and ironic sense of humor."

  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Trumpet
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Young Man's Blues on Mose Allison Sings by Mose Allison
If You're Going to the City on The Best Of Mose Allison by Mose Allison
The Seventh Son on Mose Allison Sings by Mose Allison
I Don't Worry About a Thing on I Don't Worry About A Thing by Mose Allison
Your Mind Is on Vacation on I Don't Worry About A Thing by Mose Allison
Hey, Good Lookin' on V-8 Ford Blues by Mose Allison
Parchman Farm on Local Color by Mose Allison
Don't Get Around Much Anymore on Mose Allison Sings by Mose Allison
Mojo Woman on Local Color by Mose Allison
Eyesight To The Blind on Mose Allison Sings by Mose Allison

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Title Artist Year Type
Parchman Farm (The Cool Voice Of Modern Jazz)Mose Allison2017Compil.
I’m Not Talkin’ (The Soul Stylings of Mose Allison 1957-1971)Mose Allison2016Compil.
The Complete Recordings 1957-1962 - Eleven Classic AlbumsMose Allison2015Compil.
Mose Allison American Legend Live in CaliforniaMose Allison2015Album
Seven Classic AlbumsMose Allison2014Compil.
The Mose Allison Collection 1956-62Mose Allison2014Compil.
Complete Prestige Recordings 1957-1959Mose Allison2014Compil.
The CollectionMose Allison2010Compil.
My BrainMose Allison2010Album
The Way Of The WorldMose Allison2010Album
Introducing Mose AllisonMose Allison2006Compil.
Ramblin' With MoseMose Allison2005Album
The Mose Chronicles - Live In London, Volume 2Mose Allison2001Album
The Mose Chronicles - Live In London, Volume 1Mose Allison2001Album
Mose Allison Sings And PlaysMose Allison2001Compil.
Mose Alive! / Wild Man On The LooseMose Allison2000Compil.
Western Man/Mose In Your EarMose Allison1999Compil.
I Don't Worry About A Thing / Mose AliveMose Allison1999Compil.
The Sage Of TippoMose Allison1998Compil.
Gimcracks And GewgawsMose Allison1998Album
Jazz Profile: Mose AllisonMose Allison1997Compil.
Original Jazz Classics CollectionMose Allison1997Compil.
Allison Wonderland The Mose Allison AnthologyMose Allison1994Compil.
The Earth Wants YouMose Allison1994Album
Pure MoseMose Allison, ZYX Music1994Album
My BackyardMose Allison1990Album
The Best Of Mose AllisonMose Allison1988Compil.
Greatest Hits - The Prestige CollectionMose Allison1988Compil.
Ever Since The World EndedMose Allison1987Album
Lessons In LivingMose Allison1983Album
Middle Class White BoyMose Allison1982Album
Ol' Devil MoseMose Allison1979Compil.
Mose AllisonMose Allison1976Compil.
Your Mind Is On VacationMose Allison1976Album
That’s Jazz 19Mose Allison1976Album
Creek BankMose Allison1975Compil.
Mose AllisonMose Allison1972Compil.
Mose In Your EarMose Allison1972Album
RetrospectiveMose Allison1971Compil.
Western ManMose Allison1971Album
The Best Of Mose AllisonMose Allison1970Compil.
...Hello There, UniverseMose Allison1970Album
I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin'Mose Allison1968Album
Plays For LoversMose Allison1966Album
Down Home PianoMose Allison1966Compil.
Wild Man On The LooseMose Allison1966Album
FoolkillerMose Allison1966Single
Wild Man On The LooseMose Allison1966Album
Mose Alive!Mose Allison1966Album
The Word From MoseMose Allison1964Album
Mose Allison Sings The BluesMose Allison1964Single
I Love The Life I LiveMose Allison1964Single
Swingin' MachineMose Allison1963Album
The Seventh Son / Parchman FarmMose Allison1963Single
Mose Allison SingsMose Allison1963Compil.
Takes To The HillsMose Allison1962Album
I Don't Worry About A ThingMose Allison1962Album
Your Mind Is On VacationMose Allison1962Single
Eyesight To The BlindMose Allison1961Single
Ramblin' With MoseMose Allison1961Album
Transfiguration Of Hiram BrownMose Allison1960Album
The Seventh SonMose Allison1959Single
Autumn SongMose Allison1959Album
Local ColorMose Allison1959Single
Creek BankMose Allison1959Single
Creek BankMose Allison1958Album
Local ColorMose Allison1958Album
Young Man MoseMose Allison1958Album
Young Man MoseMose Allison1958Single
Down South With Piano, Bass And DrumsMose Allison1958Single
Parchman FarmMose Allison1957Single
Back Country SuiteMose Allison1957Single
Back Country Suite For Piano, Bass And DrumsMose Allison1957Album
Kontraste (Jazz On The Piano)Mose Allison, Ray Bryant, Red Garland, Thelonious MonkCompil.
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